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Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

Sponsored and administered by the Executive Committee on Research of the Massachusetts General Hospital
Promoted and celebrated by the Office for Women's Careers

2018 WINNERS!!

Kimberly G. Blumenthal, MD, Allergy and Immunology
Laura E. Dichtel, MD, MHS, Neuroendocrine Unit
Jenna L. Galloway, PhD, Center for Regenerative Medicine
Emily P. Hyle, MD, MSc, Infectious Diseases
Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH, Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Korilyn Sauser Zachrison, MD, MSc, Emergency Medicine


Although women scientists are recruited to Massachusetts General Hospital programs, their advancement to senior faculty positions is still far less frequent than that of their male counterparts.

In 1993, the Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. Jane D. Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH. Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards.

The purpose of the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award is to provide bridge funding for junior faculty to sustain research productivity during the child-rearing years. ECOR has assumed the responsibility for administering these awards. It is intended that this transitional funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.

Click below for details on:
- Eligibility
- Awards Expenditure and Start Date
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Published articles
- List of award recipients


  • The MGH ECOR Claflin Awards provide funding for junior faculty women to sustain research productivity during their child-rearing years.
  • Both fundamental (basic) and clinical MGH investigators are eligible to apply.
  • While current recipients of the Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship offered through HMS are not eligible to apply for this award, the Claflin review committee will consider applications from prior Shore recipients.
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Candidate must be within 10 years of first full-time faculty appointment at the time the award is initiated, cumulative of all institutions, inside or outside the United States.
  • Candidate must have an academic appointment at the level of instructor or assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. If the applicant's academic appointment or promotion is pending, a signed letter from the applicant's Chief must be included with the application. The letter should explain the status of the applicant's academic appointment. The Instructor or Assistant Professor appointment must be finalized before the Claflin review committee meeting.
  • Primary full-time appointment at MGH.
  • Conducting research at MGH.
  • Evidence of salary support from a grant or other funding source: Applicants must be a Principal Investigator/co-Principal Investigator with active federal or non-federal funding salary support, such as K award, R award, or foundation grant.
  • Submission of a project description which clearly states that the applicant is the principal investigator and that their academic progress would benefit from such funding support.
  • Evidence of strong research training, productivity, and a commitment to a career in fundamental (basic) and/or clinical research.
  • Upon application, the candidate must be responsible for care of children.

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Awards Expenditure and Start Date

Awards are for two years. The awards are $50,000 in direct costs, plus 15% indirect costs per year. Funds may be used for support of a technician, postdoctoral fellow or graduate student and supplies. Funds cannot be used for support of the investigator's salary, except with the specific approval of ECOR. All applicants will be notified of the results of the review process by e-mail. If applicable, approved Human or Animal use protocols must be current prior to award of funds.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have been on the faculty for eleven years now, and believe this award
      would be very helpful now that I have had my first child. Can I apply?

      You must be within ten years of your first academic appointment, cumulative       of all academic institutions.

2. I am a research fellow, but anticipate that I will be an Instructor next
      summer. Can I apply?

      No, you must be an Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of your       application.

3. I am pregnant and this will be my first child. Am I eligible to apply?
      No. You must be raising children at the time you submit the application.

4. I am a female faculty member with no children. Am I eligible to apply?
      You must be raising children at the time of your application.

5. I split my time between MGH and BWH. Am I eligible to apply?
      If you primary appointment is with MGH and your research is conducted
      at MGH, you are eligible to apply for this award.

6. My research office/laboratory is not located on the campus of MGH.
      Am I eligible to apply?

      The research office/laboratory must be located on a MGH campus, which      includes Simches, CNY and the main hospital.

Click here for the complete set of FAQs on the ECOR website.


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Published articles

Jagsi R, Butterton JR, Starr R, Tarbell NJ. Targeted Intervention for the Career Development of Women in Academic Medicine. Arch Intern Med 2007 Feb 26:167:343-345. (Brief report on the MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards)

   »EDITORIAL COMMENT: Nattinger AB. Promoting the Career Development of      Women in Academic Medicine. Arch Intern Med 2007 Feb 26:167:323-324.

Video about the Claflin Award filmed as part of the 10th Anniversary.

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List of Award Recipients

Marta Bianciardi, PhD
Esther E. Freeman, MD, PhD
Jennifer E. Ho, MD
Susie Y. Huang, MD, PhD
Marcela V. Maus, MD, PhD
Shannon Stott, PhD

Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD
Gina R. Kruse, MD, MS, MPH
Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH
Sara Looby, PhD, ANP-BC
Christina Psaros, PhD
Yakeel Quiroz, PhD

Kamryn Eddy, PhD
Vicki Fung, PhD
Kate Jeffrey, PhD
Carrie Lubitz, MD
Caroline Mitchell, MD

Sharon Dekel, PhD
Sarina B. Elmariah, MD, PhD
Daphne J. Holt, MD, PhD
Lynn T. Matthews, MD,
Elaine W. Yu, MD, MMSc

Catherine Chu, MD
Elizabeth Gerstner, MD, MMSc
Tal Kenet, PhD
Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD
Basak Uygun, PhD
Markella Zanni, MD

Amy Barczak, MD
Susan Cotman, PhD
Katharina Eikermann-Haerter, MD
Pouneh Fazeli, MD
Janet Lo, MD, MMSc
Lecia Sequist, MD, MPH

Andrea L. Ciaranello, MD, PhD
Elizabeth A. Lawson, MD
Caterina Mainero, MD, PhD
Ebru Oral, PhD
Tatiana Sitnikova, PhD
Jennifer A. Wargo, MD

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH
Anna Greka, MD, PhD
Shuzhen Guo, PhD
Noopur Raje, MD
Richa Saxena, PhD
Simona Temereanca Ibanescu, PhD

Ingrid Valerie Bassett, MD, MPH
Shannon Bromley, PhD
Giulia Fulci, PhD
Hua A. Jenny Lu, MD, PhD
Amy K. Walker, PhD
Joy Y. Wu, MD, PhD

Jodie Babitt, MD
Miriam A. Bredella, MD
Caroline E. Burns, PhD
Stephanie R. Jones, PhD
Xin Li, PhD
Jing-Ruey Yeh, PhD

Aude Henin, PhD
Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH
Antonia Stephen, MD
Lynda Stuart, PhD
Vanessa Wheeler, PhD
Xu Yu, MD, MSc

Emmanuelle diTomaso, PhD
Maria A. Franceschini, PhD
Elizabeth Lamont, MD
Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH
Kathryn J. Moore, PhD
Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD

Paola Arlotta, PhD
Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc
Camille N. Kotton, MD
Pamela J. McLean, PhD
Lei Xu, MD, PhD

Irene Georgakoudi, PhD
Nelly Pitteloud, MD
Laurence G. Rahme, PhD
Cathryn A. Sundback, ScD
Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH
Adele C. Viguera, MD, MPH

Marylyn M. Addo, MD, PhD
Paola Divieti Pajevic, MD, PhD
Alice Flaherty, PhD
Herminia Diana Rosas, MD
Sanja Sever, PhD
Naomi M. Simon, MD

Marie Classon, PhD
Judy W. Hung, MD
Robyn S. Klein, MD, PhD
Gina R. Kuperberg, MD, PhD
Andrea Reid, MD
Rochelle Paula Walensky, MD, MPH
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Marina Feschenko, MD
P. Ellen Grant, MD
Shyamala Maheswaran, PhD
Corrine K. Welt, MD

Linda R. Duska, MD (one-time Faculty Development Award)
Christene A. Huang, PhD
Mary McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH
Wilma M. Wasco, PhD (one-time Faculty Development Award)
Janet R. Wozniak, MD

Nadia Carlesso, MD, PhD
Karen K. Miller, MD

Joan R. Butterton, MD
Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD

Sylvie Breton, PhD
Elizabeth Hohmann, MD
Tongwen Wang, PhD


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